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Big Bend, Nevada's newest state park, opened in 1996. With its main attraction two miles of shoreline along the Colorado River, this is a special place for water sports such as swimming, fishing and water skiing. Because it's located a short ways downstream from Davis Dam, the water is clear and cool year-round. That's especially important when temperatures skyrocket to 120 degrees during summer. Big Bend is also a natural for nature-lovers since the river attracts numerous species of waterfowl and shorebirds including coots, herons, geese, roadrunners and hummingbirds. Fox, muskrat, coyote and racoons are among the animals who inhabit the ...

Big Bend, Nevada's newest state park, opened in 1996. With its main attraction two miles of shoreline along the Colorado River, this is a special place for water sports such as swimming, fishing and water skiing. Because it's located a short ways downstream from Davis Dam, the water is clear and cool year-round. That's especially important when temperatures skyrocket to 120 degrees during summer. Big Bend is also a natural for nature-lovers since the river attracts numerous species of waterfowl and shorebirds including coots, herons, geese, roadrunners and hummingbirds. Fox, muskrat, coyote and racoons are among the animals who inhabit the park — along with several species of lizards and snakes. Popular with families in summer, this park is favored by seniors during the winter months when temperatures rarely go below 32 degrees F. With shaded picnic tables and paths to stroll, the park also contains 24 campsites built in 2008. All campsites can accommodate RVs with hook-ups for water, electric and sewer. They each also include a tent pad, shade ramada, barbecue grill and fire pit. Most of the sites have pull-through parking pads that can accommodate any size recreational vehicle and three of them are ADA equipped. In 2009, about four miles of trails were added in the developed part of the park. The canyons in the park's area west of the Needles Highway offer acres of undeveloped land that the more venturesome can hike through and explore. Located within the town limits of Laughlin, this southern Nevada oasis lies only a few miles from the Avi Indian Reservation. The Avi Resort & Casino, with its 455 rooms and 260-space RV park, offers additional lodging options. The annual Avi KWA AME PowWow, held in February, is open to the public. .

Connie Emerson
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Connie Emerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide – Las Vegas.

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    Winter, summer months unless there's a southern Nevada heat-wave that includes Laughlin.